Tomato Corn Chowder

August 28, 2015

(Repost from a few years go.  Fall seems right around the corner, so it feels fitting.) Tomatoes, corn, potatoes, sweet onions and smoked bacon create a delicious seasonal soup. Fall arrived last night with strong winds and a big cold front.  Frost is in the forecast for this evening in Minnesota.  Luckily, I’ve harvested and canned most of my tomatoes, so if the Minneapolis heat island doesn’t hold, I’m we’ll stocked for the winter.  In honor of the harvest, here is a lovely recipe for an end of summer/start of fall soup.

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Southern Tomato Pie

August 20, 2015

My good friend recently threw an end-of-summer hurrah, complete with a giant slip-and-slide, bonfire and an endless spread of picnic eats and drinks.  No one at the party wished to cook, what with the slip-and-slide and all, so easy finger food was the order of the day.  Since my kitchen countertops are overflowing with tomatoes, Read more ›

Pickled Dilly Beans

August 11, 2015

Summer holds such promise – big, bountiful gardens, lots of fruits and vegetables, excellent foraging and amazing farmer’s markets.  In deep winter I plan all the amazing things I will do with summer produce, along with the great blog posts I will make to accompany them.  Then summer hits me like a full bucket of water, and I am deluged with the harvest. Read more ›

Sour Cherry Jam with Kirsch

July 23, 2015

Sour cherries are my most favorite fruit and sour cherry jam is the one jam that I am truly addicted to.  I fondly remember picking cherries as a kid, which my mother packed into jars and preserved for pies in the winter.  Cherry pie is also my favorite pie, in case anyone wants to make me one. Read more ›

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Mint

July 15, 2015

Summer just turned up the heat, hitting 90+ a few days ago. After a torrential-downpour storm, I rushed to the garden to harvest the last of my sugar snap peas before the heat turned them all that sugar to starch. This salad is a last hurrah to Spring-like weather and a big hello to hot hot summer. Read more ›

Garden Confetti Salad

July 6, 2015

Summer is a time when dinner is simple, salads are plentiful and the stove remains off. Summer veggies just roll out of the garden one right after another.  It’s time to eat the bounty till your full. And my garden has exploded! Read more ›

Quick Pickled Baby Beets with Stems

June 28, 2015

We’ve had plentiful rain and moderate summer temps the last few weeks and the garden grows by the minute.  Sweet snap peas are bountiful, greens overflow my crisper and the tomato plants are 3 feet tall.  The winding row of mixed color beets are beginning to crowd one another as I never have the heart to thin them. Read more ›

Black Walnut Nocino, Two Ways

June 13, 2015

For many years I’ve watched with envy while several of my favorite food bloggers in France, Italy and California harvest green walnuts in June to make classic Nocino (Italian) or Liqueur de Noix (French).  The liqueur is like bittersweet walnut extract.  Poured over ice it makes a lovely aperitif, and it’s also yummy served over ice cream. Read more ›

Chive Blossom Vinegar Recipe

June 5, 2015

While cruising through Instagram the other day I came across a number of photos of beautiful chive blossoms and several posts about chive blossom vinegar.  Doh!  I totally forgot to make my chive blossom vinegar!  And my garden chives are covered in blossoms. The time is now. Read more ›

Pineapple Shrub and a Daiquiri Cocktail

May 25, 2015

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching a class at GYST in Minneapolis.  GYST is a fermentation bar specializing in, you guessed it, all things fermented, like wine, beer, cider, cheese, chocolate, pickles, kraut, charcuterie, kombucha – you get the idea.  My class was on making Shrubs. Read more ›

Making Blue Cheese at Home

May 17, 2015

Let’s talk blue cheese. Blue cheese is one of those preserved foods that even home preservers are hesitant to try making themselves. The main ingredients are deceptively basic – milk, culture, rennet. Then comes the penicillin mold. Eeeeewwww! Read more ›

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